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Discover New Zealand

22 Days from £4,849

​This once-in-a-lifetime holiday takes you halfway around the world to New Zealand. Beginning on North Island, you'll explore the city of Auckland before heading to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. The geothermal landscapes of Rotorua and capital city of Wellington also feature before you journey across the Cook Strait to South Island, where a host of natural wonders await. We'll discover spectacular sights including the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Milford Sound and the highest peak in New Zealand, Mount Cook. A two-night stay in Queenstown and visit to the city of Dunedin complete this fabulous adventure.​

Departure from: Oct 2019 - Nov 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Air New Zealand
  • 18 nights in 3 to 4-star hotels plus 3 nights in flight
  • 19 meals: 18 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Driver Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
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Included holiday highlights

  • ​Tour of Auckland
  • Visit the Treaty House of Waitangi
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Lake Taupo
  • New Zealand's capital Wellington
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine train
  • Beautiful Milford Sound including lunch
  • Glow worm caves
  • See the Moeraki Beach Boulders

Your Itinerary

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Days 1 & 2 UK/New Zealand

Today you'll depart on your flight to New Zealand.

Day 3 Auckland

You cross the International Dateline during your flight, so you will lose day two and arrive in Auckland on the morning of day three. Don't worry, you'll get the day back on the way home!
You'll stay in Auckland for the next two nights and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Day 4 Auckland

The beautiful city of Auckland - the largest in New Zealand - is situated on North Island in the spectacular Hauraki Gulf. The area is home to stunning landscapes of thermal springs and geysers, glorious national parks, luxuriant forests, stunning lakes and more. Now you've had time to relax, let's get out and discover the city on an included tour. Highlights include the 328-metre-high Sky Tower, the imposing War Memorial and the sweeping Waitemata Harbour, which is the most prominent natural feature of the 'City of Sails'. Downtown Auckland is a great mix of modern and historic architecture, so look out for St Patrick's Cathedral, built in 1848, and Auckland High Court, which was modelled on England's very own Warwick Castle.​

Day 5 Paihia

There's a scenic treat in store today as we travel along the beautiful Hibiscus Coast to Paihia, the perfect base from which to discover the lush forests and idyllic beaches of the Bay of Islands. 
En route we'll visit the Treaty House of Waitangi, where you can learn about the history of the 1840 agreement between the British Crown and the Maoris.

Day 6 Paihia

You can choose how you spend today. Maybe you'll explore Paihia at your own pace but if you'd like to join an organised excursion we offer an optional trip to Cape Reinga. Located at the very top of North Island, this vast, untouched region is reached via a journey along the never-ending paradise of Ninety Mile Beach.
Once here you'll have the chance to negotiate the Te Paki Quick Sand Stream, backed by towering dunes, and visit a lighthouse to take in exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean meeting the Tasman Sea.​

Day 7 Paihia

You've a chance to explore more of the stunning Bay of Islands on an optional catamaran cruise today. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of marine life, including bottlenose dolphins and fur seals as we head past islands and secluded beaches to the Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'. If sea conditions are right, we should be able to sail through this narrow arch, carved by the forces of nature. The cruise ends with a stop at one of the beautiful islands.​

Day 8 Rotorua

The warm, emerald-green North Island was shaped by the fire of volcanoes, and evidence of this remains in the thermal springs surrounding Rotorua. This is where we head today, and our journey takes us through the Waikato farming region, home of the Maori kingdom.
We'll spend the next two nights in Rotorua and if you wish, you can take an optional float plane or helicopter flight to Mount Tarawera. Surrounded by unique scenery and towering above the pristine waters of Lake Tarawera, this now dormant volcano wreaked havoc on the nation when it erupted in 1886. If you choose to fly overhead you'll be able to look deep into its crater - a 6km ravine - and take in spectacular views of crater lakes and rugged peaks.

Day 9 Rotorua

Your scenic tour today takes you to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, where you'll see bubbling mud, pools of boiling water, dramatic spouting geysers and traditional Maori architecture. 
Later, we offer a couple of optional excursions you can choose from if you want to get out and explore. 
You could join a tour of Hobbiton, the location created for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. This thrilling site includes hobbit holes and the Green Dragon Inn, and your guide will tell you all you need to know about these popular movies. 
An alternative is a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see some of the interesting creatures that call New Zealand home, including the flightless Kiwi bird. If you join this trip you'll also take a gondola ride to the top of Mount Ngongotaha, which was formed by volcanic eruptions, and enjoy a tasting of New Zealand wine.  
Tonight, you'll have a chance to experience a Maori concert and sample an authentic Hangi meal on an optional tour. This is where your food is cooked by steam underground using a centuries-old method that harnesses the power of nature.​

Day 10 Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand's capital, is our next destination. We'll make our way here via the forested slopes of the Wairakei Thermal Valley and Lake Taupo, whose waters flow rapidly into the impressive Huka Falls. Every second, around 220,000 litres of water pours through a narrow passage, and then rushes under a pedestrian bridge, where we will stop to take in this incredible sight.
On arrival in Wellington, get your bearings on a short tour before we check into the hotel.

Day 11 Wellington

We're going to explore Wellington in more detail today on a walking tour. One of the leading cities for arts and culture in New Zealand, there is so much to see, from an array of museums and galleries to historic architecture and fabulous shopping. We'll take in the Te Papa Museum, a showcase of New Zealand's cultural treasures, and the lively waterfront area. We'll also visit the botanical gardens, which run over 26 hectares, and take a trip on the historic Wellington Cable Car for fabulous views across this lovely city.​

Day 12 Christchurch

Today we're going to cross the Cook Strait to South Island and travel to Christchurch for an overnight stay. This city, the second-largest in New Zealand, has a fascinating English heritage, which is apparent in some of its older buildings. Also known as the Garden City, it boasts plenty of natural beauty too.

Day 13 TranzAlpine train

You've a spectacular journey ahead today, as you step aboard the TranzAlpine train and head into the Southern Alps. Here you'll see narrow gorges and towering snow-capped peaks, so be sure to have your camera ready. Your journey continues to the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier regions, where you'll witness enormous valleys of ice and deep, dramatic ravines. Later, if the weather conditions are right, you'll have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flight over the glaciers for views that are out of this world.​

Day 14 Queenstown

The road through the Westland National Park has to be one of the most scenic ever built. It crosses Clark Bluff and the Haast River Bridge and today we'll drive along it on our way to Queenstown.
If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, you've come to the right place, as Queenstown is known as New Zealand's capital of adventure. One option on your free afternoon is to take a ride on the Kawarau Jet Boat. On this thrilling excursion, you will travel at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour in the very shallow waters of the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers.​

Day 15 Queenstown

Today has been left free so you can spend some time at leisure and discover Queenstown at your own pace. However, if you're feeling adventurous we have another optional thrill-packed excursion for you to join. You'll start with a walk through the bush and then you'll head off on an exciting four-wheel-drive journey before boarding a jet boat for an exhilarating ride along the Dart River. 
This evening if you wish you could enjoy a more relaxing experience, with a cruise on Lake Wakatipu with dinner served in a restaurant at the foot of Walter Peak.

Day 16 Te Anau

Today is the day you visit one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand – Milford Sound. Located deep within Fiordland National Park, this inky-blue expanse of water is surrounded by forest-covered hills and dramatic mountain peaks and must be seen to be believed. If the weather conditions are good, we'll take in the fjord's majestic beauty on a cruise.​

Day 17 Dunedin

Today we make our way to Dunedin, and on the way we're going to make a stop at the Glow Worm Caves. This labyrinth of limestone caverns is lit by thousands of glow worms, offering us an incredible sight.

Day 18 Dunedin

You can spend your time exploring at leisure today, or perhaps you'll choose to join an optional trip to the Royal Albatross Colony on the Otago Peninsula. This is the world's only mainland breeding colony of these fascinating birds, and during your visit you'll learn more about them, watch a short film and visit the observatory where hopefully you will see them nesting.

Day 19 Omarama

As we travel northwards to Omarama, we'll make a stop at the Moeraki Beach Boulders. These huge spherical rocks are scattered along the sand and are shrouded in Maori legend. Thought to have started forming in ancient sea floor sediments, the largest boulders are estimated to have taken around four million years to reach their current size. Some weigh several tonnes and the largest measure more than two metres in width. It's no wonder this is a very popular spot for photographers!
Our route then follows the Waitiki River inland and if you wish you can take an optional flight over some of New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers. Your pilot will provide an interesting commentary as you take in the breathtaking scenery.

Day 20 Christchurch

We're bound for the Mount Cook region this morning. On the way we'll make a stop at Lake Tekapo, a picturesque turquoise-coloured body of water, which boasts a stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps. We'll then head over Burkes Pass, a mountain passageway, and continue across the Canterbury plains. This vast patchwork of agricultural land nestled between the mountains and the sea produces more than 80% of the country's grains, crops and seeds.
Mount Cook is the highest peak in New Zealand, towering to 12,000ft, and if weather conditions are favourable you might be tempted to view it on an optional scenic flight.
We'll arrive back in Christchurch late this afternoon and stay here overnight.

Day 21 Christchurch/UK

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. You'll cross the International Dateline once again, meaning you gain back the time you lost at the start of your tour.

Day 22 UK

​You'll arrive back in the UK today.​


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 3 - 4 :

Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland is situated within walking distance from a range of shopping and dining options on Queen Street. It is also in close proximity to main sightseeing attractions of Auckland. Modern rooms feature en-suite facilities, flat-screen TVs and sleep-aid aromatherapy kits. Wi-Fi is also available for a fee. Other hotel facilities include gym, sauna, a lobby cocktail bar and a restaurant.

Day 5 - 7 :

Kingsgate Hotel Pahia
Featuring 100 rooms and 13 suites, the hotel also offers amenities including a swimming pool, an indoor spa, and games room. Dine in Reef Restaurant where waterfront views accompany your meals. Delight in gorgeous views over the bay at Paihia View Point, hike to the breathtaking Haruru Falls, or swim with playful dolphins on one of the many tours. Enjoy a slower pace of life right here.

Day 8 - 9 :

Sudima Lake Rotorua
The 3.5-star Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is set on the shores of the lake and close to Rotorua''s vibrant city centre.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe, refrigerator, iron, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

Day 10 - 11 :

Park Hotel Lambton Quay
The Park Hotel Lambton Quay is situated in the heart of Wellington. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar & fitness centre. Rooms are furnished with free Wi-Fi, TV, tea & coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

Day 12 :

Elms Hotel Christchurch
The 3.5-star Elms Hotel is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.

Day 13 :

Scenic Hotel Franz Joseph Glacier
The 4-star Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. The hotel offers facilities including a restaurant, The Moa Bar with an open fireplace, guest laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. All 130 rooms feature en suite facilities, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, mini bar, heater and hairdryer.

Day 14 - 15 :

Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road
The 3-star Holiday Inn Frankton Road in Queenstown has a peaceful setting amongst alpine scenery and picturesque lakes, yet it''s conveniently close to the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.

Day 16 :

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau
This hotel is located a short walk away from Lake Te Anau. Rooms feature Fiordland-themed décor and come with free Wi-Fi, en-suite facilities and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include a fitness centre and various dining options, including the bar with a fireplace.

Day 17 - 18 :

Victoria Hotel - Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Dunedin, close to local attractions. Every room features refrigerator, radio, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities. Modern New Zealand cuisine can be enjoyed in a restaurant, located on-site.

Day 19 :

Heritage Gateway Hotel
The 3-star Gateway Heritage Hotel in Omarama is set amongst landscaped gardens offering wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, iron, refrigerator, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

Day 20 :

Elms Hotel Christchurch
The 3.5-star Elms Hotel is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.


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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

New Zealand - Cape Reinga - Paihia

FROM £80

Full day excursion to Cape Reinga, described as ‘one of the finest scenic day tours in the world’. Enjoy a drive on Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the spectacular views, including the meeting of the two oceans, the blue Pacific and the deep green Tasman Sea. Let the drivers immerse you in the culture and history of the Far North while taking in the amazing scenery. Your excursion includes a freshly prepared buffet lunch.

Full Day – Lunch Included – Cultural Interest

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New Zealand - Cape Brett - Paihia

FROM £78

Here is your chance to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands further, with a four hour cruise on a large catamaran. You will have the chance of seeing Bottle Nose dolphins NZ fur seals plus lots of bird life. We cruise out to Cape Brett the famous “Hole in the rock” and if the sea conditions permit the boat will venture through the hole. On our return journey we will have a beautiful island stop before making our way back to Paihia. Lunch is included.

Half Day – Scenic Cruise

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New Zealand - Cape Reinga and Cape Brett - Paihia - Dual Ticket - Prebookable Only

FROM £129

Cape Brett
A chance to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands further, with a cruise to Cape Brett - the 'Hole in the Rock'.
Half Day – Scenic Cruise – Must do - Lunch is included.

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Cape Reinga
A full day excursion to Cape Reinga, described as ‘one of the finest scenic day tours in the world’. Enjoy a drive on Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the spectacular views, including the meeting of the two oceans, the blue Pacific and the deep green Tasman Sea.
Full Day – Lunch Included – Cultural Interest

Please note: for customers booking the dual ticket we are able to offer a special discount. No discount can be given to the excursions if booked individually.

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New Zealand - Hobbiton - Rotorua

FROM £61

You will be transported to the Hobbiton Movie set tour which is a visitor experience based at the original location where Hobbiton was created for the filming of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. It offers an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1.250 acre sheep farm with its spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created.
Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Specially brewed beverages are available at The Green Dragon Inn as you complete your tour.

Note: Tours run in all weather conditions. Umbrellas are provided in the event of rain however it is recommended you take comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.

Please note: due to a wide selection of excursions available, you may choose either the Hobbiton excursion or the Rainbow Springs and Gondola ride excursion due to time restraints.

4 and a half hours – Moderate Walking - Must do opportunity

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New Zealand - Walter Peak Cruise and Dinner - Queenstown

FROM £72

A return scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm onboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking at Walter Peak, guests are welcomed and escorted through the lakeside gardens to the Colonel’s Homestead where they are seated for dinner. Our colonial homestead features a stately ballroom and finely appointed rooms each featuring a roaring open fire to evoke a cosy atmosphere on colder evenings. The Gourmet BBQ menu, designed by Kiwi Celebrity Chef Josh Emett, incorporates the fresh seasonal produce and locally hunted game and seafood so famous in the Central Otago region and surrounding coastal areas. All meat and seafood is cooked on the outdoor BBQ and rotisserie, in front of guests and served immediately. A locally influenced wine list and other beverages are also available to purchase at the bar. Following dinner, visitors have the option of a brief farm show or relaxing at the bar before returning onboard the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown. A tradition is the TSS Earnslaw’s sing-along around the piano on the return journey.

Scenic Cruise – Dinner Included – Not to be missed

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New Zealand - Dart River - Queenstown

FROM £134

This is a fantastic opportunity. After a Chinamans Bluff bush walk (a reasonable level of fitness is necessary for this walk) through ancient Beech forests, and a 4 wheel drive ride near the top of lake Wakitipu, you will get the chance to experience an exhilarating jet boat ride.

Please Note : We advise that you take warm clothes.

Full Day excursion – One hour Jet boat ride included – Moderate Walking

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New Zealand - Royal Albatross Colony - Dunedin

FROM £63

This unique Tour is the best way to experience Taiaroa Head's history and wildlife. The fully guided tour includes an introduction, followed by a short film and a visit to the Observatory to see the nesting Royal Albatross. The tour continues with an opportunity to learn about the unique periods of use both by Maori and European on the Headland.

Please note - There is a limited number of spaces available on this excursion, we would recommend you to pre-book this excursion.

Half Day – Unique experience – moderate walking

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New Zealand - Jet Boat ride - Queenstown

FROM £70

If you are after an adrenaline rush then you must take a ride on the Kawarau Jetboat. From Queenstown a 50 min thrill of a lifetime jetboat ride cruising across Lake Wakatipu to the emerald green waters of the Kawarau River then onto the shallow, fast moving Shotover River. You will travel at speeds of up to 50mph, often in water only 4-6 inches deep.

45 Minutes - Unforgettable Experience

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New Zealand - Rotorua - Cultural Experience and Tamaki Hangi Feast

FROM £67

Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions with a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village. The most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand. Experience ceremonial rituals, powerful performances and hangi feasting. Learn about the customs, protocols and stories that have been passed through the generations of time. Welcome to the world of the Maori! On this evening excursion you’ll interact with the Maori and experience things such as seeing the earth being scraped carefully away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets laden with a sumptuous mouth-watering feast cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. At the heart of the village you’ll be entertained with a powerful performance including action songs, poi, stick games and the wold famous ‘haka’ – the Maori War Dance!

Evening excursion – Minimal walking – Unforgettable

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Discover New Zealand with Cook Islands Add-on

Extend your holiday to 26 days from £799

Oct 2019 - Nov 2019 Departures

Extend your New Zealand holiday with a four-night stay in Rarotonga, in the beautiful Cook Islands. This tropical paradise is blessed with a year-round idyllic climate and the South Pacific's most spectacular scenery. During your time here get out and about to explore native forests which ring to the sound of exotic birdsong, or spend your days lazing on the sand or snorkelling among the colourful coral reef. You will stay on a bed-and-breakfast basis at the 4-star Manuia Beach Resort, which sits right on the beach and has facilities including an open-air restaurant, a pool-side bar and a beach-side infinity pool. This add-on includes the services of a Local Representative.

Discover New Zealand with Cook Islands Add-on

Extend your holiday to 26 days from £799

Feb 2020 - Nov 2020 Departures

Extend your New Zealand holiday with a five-night stay in Rarotonga, in the beautiful Cook Islands. This tropical paradise is blessed with a year-round idyllic climate and the South Pacific's most spectacular scenery. During your time here get out and about to explore native forests which ring to the sound of exotic birdsong, or spend your days lazing on the sand or snorkelling among the colourful coral reef. You will stay on a bed-and-breakfast basis at the 4-star Manula Beach Resort, which sits right on the beach and has facilities including an open-air restaurant, a poolside bar and a beachside infinity pool. This add-on includes the services of a Local Representative.

Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

FAVOURITE MOMENTS

Jaw-dropping scenery and natural splendour, nothing prepares you for the sheer magnificence of Mitre Peak and Milford Sound.


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